Here’s the next post in my music history self-study project. I’m checking out each winner of the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, reading a bit of bio info and sharing whichever random points catch my interest, and also building a Spotify playlist of the songs I like best from that artist. I’ll share each post to my Facebook page and invite you to join the conversation there.
This week’s winner: Robert Goulet, Best New Artist of 1962
- This time when I did my bit of research, I found some controversy: Apparently Robert Goulet’s Best New Artist win was considered an upset, at least according to one article. Pointing out that fellow nominees The Four Seasons and Peter, Paul & Mary did indeed go on to greatness sounds like 20/20 hindsight to me, but it is interesting to note who else was considered equally promising at the time.
- As I jumped around in the Spotify list of Goulet’s songs, the parodies of his style came back to me. He was a fan of talk-singing, which is rather annoying from someone with such a strong and rich singing voice. If you’re interested in exploring more and you want to hear him singing more than talking, you’ll have better luck with his Broadway recordings vs. his live material. His career was launched with his performance of “If Ever I Would Leave You” in the role of Sir Lancelot in Camelot.
- There’s another Best New Artist controversy approaching as we move through the years. The award developed a reputation as a curse against future success when it was bestowed upon some one-hit wonders. We’ll get to those in future posts, but in the early 1960s, it wasn’t yet a thing: Robert Goulet went on to a successful and apparently fulfilling music career that lasted until his death at age 73.
Check out my Spotify playlist “Deb Stanley’s ‘Best New Artists’ Study” to see which Robert Goulet recordings I added.